SILVER CREEK - The Silver Creek fire department will have a 13 years newer pump truck after its successful bid for the Snyder Fire Department's 1994 Sutphen truck.
The pump truck cost $30,000 and was noted to be safer, bigger and better than the village's 1981 American LaFrance.
"This has been a long time coming," Fire Chief Jim Tytka Jr. said. "We have been running into problems with finding parts to fix the old truck."
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Pictured from left are Silver Creek Trustee Thomas Harmon, Clerk Kerrieann Pelletter and Mayor Nick Piccolo at a recent village board meeting.
The new truck has an eight-man, fully enclosed and heated cab with seatbelts, as well as an eight-cylinder engine, more storage, 1,500 gallons per minute pumping capacity and replacement parts are readily available.
"We thought this would be best for the fire department. It is safer and has a bigger pump," Tytka added.
Trustee Warren Kelly said the fire department found a "good deal" on the truck.
The board approved $32,500 to be appropriated from the fire equipment reserve for the purchase of the truck, decals and any necessary equipment.
The village plans to declare the 1981 LaFrance as surplus and the funds from that sale will go back in the reserve. Tytka noted the department is on the lookout to replace a ladder truck next.
Mayor Nick Piccolo said the reserve has about $10,000 remaining after the truck purchase, but the sale of the old fire truck will replenish the account, which can be put toward another truck.
Additionally, the board voted to pay $4,950 in fines to the Department of Environmental Conservation for violations. Piccolo explained this has nothing to do with the citations at the sewer plant the village is working to fix, but are from 2008 to 2012. Village Attorney Dan Gard called the violations a "straight up money grab" by the DEC.
Piccolo reported Sim-mons Recovery Consultants has filed almost all the paperwork needed for the village to receive its Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursement from 2009 flooding of the department of public works building.
Treasurer Janet St. George said the village is still waiting on some of the bills for required work on the DPW building before the paperwork can be complete. Piccolo said he hopes the village will see the funds by the end of the year.
The board received two bids for trash bags. The first from the company the village has contracted with for several years, American Poly, for $19,460 for 100,000 32-by-39 inch black bags. The second from Waste Zero for $18,500 for the same amount and type of bags, or $18,250 for white drawstring bags. The board decided to award the bid to Waste Zero for the black bags.
The board will meet again on Sept. 2.